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Health Tip: Understanding Epilepsy

Seizures can be controlled with medication

(HealthDay News) -- Epilepsy is a neurologic condition characterized by seizures -- caused by changes in the way brain cells send electrical signals to each other.

The National Epilepsy Foundation says epilepsy can be triggered by conditions that affect the brain, such as stroke or a tumor, or the disease can be inherited.

People with epilepsy are usually allowed to drive cars -- depending on state laws -- as long as their seizures are controlled with medication. Unless seizures are particularly severe and frequent, most people with epilepsy can live independently.

Anti-convulsant drugs can prevent or minimize seizures in most people. Some patients with epilepsy that doesn't respond to medication may require surgery.

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